Huawei continues to make huge strides in the smartphone market and their surge over the course of 2017 continues. Counterpoint, a global technology research firm, has just released their latest Market Pulse for July 2017. In that report, the Chinese manufacture has jumped over Apple to take the number two position in global smartphone sales percentage. Perhaps even more impressive in this is the fact that they made this jump without a “hero” device like Apple’s iPhone 7 or Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
Samsung is by far the leader in smartphone sales percentage globally with just over 20%.
The July report from Counterpoint is the fifth consecutive month of gains in market share by Huawei and they have distanced themselves from others in the highly competitive Chinese manufacturing market. Still, as the report points out, the risk to Huawei is their over dependence of their home market and expansion into Europe and North America will need to happen for them to hold on to that 2nd place solidly.
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With shipments of 21 million phones in the first quarter of 2017, Huawei has claimed the top sales position in China according to a report from Canalys. The sales and positive response to the new P10, P10 Plus and Mate 9 from the company bolstered them and allowed them to get to the top. It wasn’t, however, a big margin of victory if you will. Oppo, who was number one, dropped to second with 20 million units sold while third place went to Vivo. They shipped 17 million units in the quarter. The top three therefore shipped 57 million of the 114 million smartphones that were shipped in the quarter, claiming 50% of the market between them.
That 114 million units shipped in Q1 is an increase of 9% over the same period last year.
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One of the more popular and well designed Android Wear watches of the past couple of years has been the Huawei Watch. The watch, which is still readily available, has outstanding specs, comes in a variety of styles and most of them were priced reasonably well (there are a few higher end luxury models too). It seems fitting then that the Huawei Watch is one of the first watches already out there to get the Android Wear 2.0 update. The update has started rolling out to owners and while it will take a few days (or even weeks) for everyone to get it, know that the update is coming and bringing all the new features of 2.0 with it. It should be noted that the roll out is very limited right now and only a few people have reported seeing it. The official statement from Huawei is that it will be out at the end of the month – but clearly it is either leaked or being rolled out slowly.
If you haven’t kept up, Wear 2.0 brings a lot of changes to the user experience, stand alone apps, Material Design, improvements in the use of Wi-Fi and sensors and Messaging. It is a significant
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Huawei has become the latest manufacture to indicate which of their phones will be receiving the Android Nougat update. The news is certainly good for those who have purchased one of their flagship devices over the course of the last 18 months or so and it means that starting in the first quarter of next year, updates should be rolling out. As for the list, it’s all the ones you would hope for and expect to get the update:
- Huawei Mate 8
- Huawei P9
- Huawei P9 Plus
- Huawei P9 lite
- Huawei Nova
- Huawei Nova Plus
The update will come via the EMUI 5.0 update which is Huawei’s Android UI and flavor of Android. EMUI 5.0 shipped with the Mate 8 and P9 so those devices are already running Nougat.
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Huawei took the stage at IFA 2016 in Berlin this morning and announced two new mid-market phones, the Nova and Nova Plus. Both devices will be making their debut in European markets in October while the larger global release will happen later in the year. Overall, both devices are nicely appointed and similar in most areas outside of the screen size. The Nova will be around $440 when it hits the US and comes with a 5″ Full HD display. It is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC processor, has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. That storage can be expanded via a MicroSD slot. The main camera is a 12MP shooter while the front camera is 8MP. It supports USB-C and has a 3025mAh battery.
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Last week I posted that Huawei had clarified their software update policy on the Honor 8. This week the Chinese manufacture has added the Honor 5x to the list of devices under the new upgrade policy. That means both of the latest devices, for the next 24 months, will see major and minor updates. It is good news for sure as the Honor 5x has been a popular device (and at $189 unlocked, it’s not hard to see why) and Huawei is doing their part to keep their devices up-to-date.
Well done Huawei.
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If you are considering a Huawei Honor device as your next Android phone, there is some good news for you today. Taylor Wimberly, the eCommerce Customer Acquisition Manager for the company here in the US, posted on his Google+ account some exciting news around support for Honor devices. In essence, if you buy one, you are going to be supported with software updates – minor and major – for up to 24 months.
From this year we are making a commitment to provide customers with access to new features (at least once every three months during the first 12 months) for up to 24 months following each product launch.
This is great news as one of the biggest problems in Androidville is device updates from manufactures. Huawei is giving it a good effort and that should make you more confident in buying their devices.
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